CFHS code : MG178

Parish : St Mary the Great

Inscription : In Memory of JAMES LOUIS RICHES d 23 July 1954 aged 70 ELIZA BLINKER d June 11 19[35] aged 75 remainder illegible

Above information amended from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202043, 0.13838076 – click here for location

The Rices grave set. Only the corner of the kerb could be seen in 2016.
Riches grave set


Only the corner of the kerb could be seen in 2016.


The parish burial records have been used to determine who was buried in this grave as the inscription is currently unreadable. It is believed to be the grave of Thomas and Eliza Blinker, their daughter Hannah and son-in-law James.

Thomas Alfred Blinker (1866 – 20 December 1935)

Thomas was born in Moulton, between Newmarket and Bury St. Edmunds and was the son of John and Hannah. John Blinker was a publican and Thomas worked as a carpenter. He married Eliza Pawley in 1888 and they had two daughters: Hannah Elizabeth (1889-1955) and Ellen Lily (1891-).  The family lived at 14 Madras Road, and Thomas died at Addenbrookes Hospital aged 69 years old. His funeral took place on Christmas Eve 1935.

Eliza Blinker (née Pawley) (1860 – 11 June 1935)

Eliza was baptised in Grantchester on 8 April 1860  grew up on Wright’s Row in the village. Her parents were William and Mary Ann, and her father was a carpenter’s labourer. In 1881 she was living at 4 Regent Street and working as a cook for Henry and Mary Bond before marrying Thomas Blinker in 1888. Eliza died aged 75 years old and was buried on 14 June.

James Louis Riches (17 June 1883 – 23 July 1954)

James was born in Islington and baptised at St. George’s Church, Tufnell Park on 19 July 1883.  He was the son of prison warder James and Agnes (née James) Riches. He married Hannah Blinker in 1924 and in 1939 the couple were living in Lincolnshire where he was documented as being a road worker. They later moved to live at 14 Madras Road (at least 1948 onwards) and James died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Hannah Elizabeth Riches (née Blinker) (24 December 1888 – 12 November 1955)

Hannah grew up at Madras Road and  aged 22 was working as a kitchen maid at 20 Lensfield Road  for George and Amelia Stace.  Hannah also died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.



Parish burial records transcribed by CFHS

by Claire Martinsen

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Eliza Blinker; Thomas Alfred Blinker; Hannah Riches; James Louis Riches